The Phoenix Desert Dogs sent thirteen batters to the plate in the first inning, and rolled from that point on, hammering the Peoria Javelinas 13-3 in Arizona Fall League action Friday afternoon.
Phoenix scored eight runs in the first, on the strength of eight hits, a hit batter, and a catcher’s inference call. All eight runs were charged to Peoria starter Kyle Simon, who was gave up seven of the eight hits as he recorded only one out. Peoria scored a run in the top of the second, but the Desert Dogs two runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings.
The Javelinas attempted to fight back, scoring a run in both the fifth and ninth innings, but they were unable to overcome the early onslaught. Nick Ahmed was 3-3 with a double, two runs scored, a walk, and four RBIs. Max Stassi also drove in four runs, as he was 2-5 with a home run and two runs scored.
In regards to the Rays prospects, Richie Shaffer, playing at third, went 2-4 with a double and two runs scored. He also started a 5-4-3 double play in the top of the eighth. Kevin Kiermaier went 1-3 with a double and two runs scored. He also had an outfield assist, gunning down Didi Gregorious at third for the second out of the fifth inning. The throw turned out to be a big play, as Javelinas followed with two more singles to plate a run. Kiermaier’s assist potentially stopped a big inning from happening.
For the pitchers, C.J. Riefenhauser pitched two perfect innings, striking out Donald Lutz to end the eighth inning. Kirby Yates finished out the game, pitching the ninth. He allowed one run on two hits and a walk.